Ian Kirk

Helpful votes received on reviews: 96% (25 of 26)
Location: Oxford, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 528,866 - Total Helpful Votes: 25 of 26
Narrow Escape - A Year of Highs and Lows on Narrow&hellip by Marie Browne
Marie Browne's third book about life on the river and this time rather than starting on land and having to find a boat, she's waterborne from the start.

Following on from Narrow Minds, Narrow Escape describes a year of actual boating life on her "new" boat Minerva. The daily grind's very different on a narrowboat, and in an engaging and amusing way Marie describes how tasks that are normally thought of trivial present a whole new challenge when you're living on the wet side of the flood defences.

Throw in a whole range of background events from friends, family and birdlife, a mooring site owner fixated on gentrification and a boat that keeps the long-suffering Geoff… Read more
Qualia by Marie Browne
Qualia by Marie Browne
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's difficult to say much in the way of specifics about Qualia without spoilers creeping in. It's even a bit spoilery to say that after helping set the scene in the first few chapters the book's central character, Joe, rapidly finds circumstances and plans spiralling out of control...but that said a book which had everything going to plan and no surprises at all wouldn't be very engaging, and engaging's what Browne's book most definitely is!

From the dark streets of urban Britain to the pits of Hell and beyond, Browne tells a tale of plots, lies and mysteries, maintaining an exhilarating pace throughout. All in all thoroughly recommended to both old hands and newcomers to the… Read more
Narrow Margins by Marie Browne
Narrow Margins by Marie Browne
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read, 1 Oct 2009
While the bare outlines of Marie Browne's story - family finds itself hard up, so moves onto a boat - sound straightforward enough, this wonderfully entertaining book brings the very unstraightforward details to amusing life.

Dragged from her consumer-oriented, Jimmy Choo-worshipping existence, Marie has to navigate spooky gothic locks, terrifying urban moorings and the dreaded dark Braunston Tunnel, with only a small flatulent dog, small noisy child and reassuringly capable, tea-fuelled, husband Geoff for support.

This book's enjoyable from start to finish - highly recommended to anyone after an engaging, laugh-out-loud tale of life in the suddenly-slow lane.

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